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BBC to focus on Champs

Published:Friday | March 26, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Some of the happenings at Champs 100 tomorrow will be heard around the world on the British Broadcasting Corporation's (BBC) World Service.

BBC Sports World Sports presenter Russell Fuller and veteran producer Jo Parsons have been in the island since Monday trying to find out, Parsons said, 'What makes Jamaicans run so fast?'

Parsons said to answer the question they will be using Champs as the starting point and were attracted to this year's meet because 'this is the 100th one'.

The BBC producer, who visited the National Stadium yesterday, is impressed by the level of organisation of the meet.

"Everybody is trying to mirror a major championships and to give the athletes a real experience of what they will face if they make it to the elite of track and field," Parsons said.

Tomorrow the first part of the programme, to be broadcast live from Kingston, 9 a.m. to noon on its regular frequency, 104.3 FM, will dedicate some time to other aspects of the track and field programme like diet and nutrition.

On Sunday, from10 a.m. to noon, the BBC World Service crew which has already done an interview with former world 100m record holder Asafa Powell, will reflect on the Championships.

The main focus of the BBC World Sports programme on weekends is the Barclays Premier League, which attracts a great deal of attention locally with champions Manchester United and other top-four teams Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspurs having thousands of supporters.

-E.T.